What do you think of when you think “massage”? A luxury during vacation? A day at the spa? Training for athletes? Received during physical therapy after an injury?
Did you know the whole family can use massage? From infants to parents, massage has many benefits to help the entire family.
Massage is a holistic modality that can be adjusted for all family members. Adjustments can include duration, pressure, positioning or focus. Research supports massage for health and wellness, as well as an evidence-based procedure for many health conditions.
Infant massage can be performed by a licensed massage therapist or by the parents. It is recommended to create a routine and massage your baby several times a week at the same time (e.g., after bath, before bedtime, etc.). Some benefits your baby may receive include:
- Improved sleep
- Weight gain in premature births
- A strong parent-baby bonding
- Improved motor-development
Toddlers to pre-teens can benefit from massage for wellness or to help treat a specific condition. Often these sessions, like infant massage, are shortened to 15 to 20 minutes to start, and increase to 30 minutes. Benefits can include:
- A better mood
- Helping children relax
- Learning about safe touch
- Improved mind clarity
Teenagers can benefit from a wide range of benefits from massage. Whether your teenager is preparing for an exam, starting to play organized sports, or simply coping with being a teenager, massage is a great choice. Your teen may receive benefits like:
- A decrease in headaches
- Reduced stress from school, peers and test anxiety
- An improved positive body image
- Prevention of athletic injuries and an increased range of motion
We don’t want to forget about mom and dad. Whether a parent is looking to reduce stress or treat a health condition massage may be the answer.
- Reduced stress and anxiety
- Improved sleep
- Treatment for headaches and migraines, reducing the number of headaches and/or the severity
- Increased range of motion
- Decreased muscle pain
Choosing the right type
Don’t think of massage as just a “splurge” while on vacation. Massage can be a part of your family’s wellness routine or can address many conditions like headaches, fibromyalgia, oncology and arthritis. Which type of massage is right for you?
- Clinical massage – from relaxation to area or condition specific
- Cranial sacral therapy – a light-touch therapy that helps the body return to balance
- Hot stone massage – heated stones to relieve stress in many layers of the body
- Hydrotherapy – warm and cool towels used in improve circulation of blood and lymph
- Indian head massage – an ancient technique uses massage and energy balancing along with warm oil
- Lymphatic wellness treatment – helps renew energy and promotes a healthy immune system
- Massage cupping – negative pressure to help reduce scar tissue and adhesions
- Neuromuscular therapy – decrease trigger points to improve function and decrease muscle pain
- Oncology massage – can reduce the many side effects of the treatment of cancer
Making an appointment
Beaumont Integrative Medicine offers clinical massage in Grosse Pointe, Royal Oak, Troy and West Bloomfield. Call 248-964-9200 and mention this article to receive $10 off your next massage appointment. This offer expires December 31, 2018. For more information visit us online.
– Karen Armstrong, LMT, BCTMB is the manager of Clinical Massage at Beaumont Health, which includes four outpatient clinics covering three campuses. She also manages Beaumont’s nationally recognized oncology and hospital massage program.